21 August 2014

Justice for Anria

Justice for Anria
Human brutality and criminal mentality has struck again and claimed an innocent life. The victim, Anria "Anne" Galang Espiritu.

Netizens, friends and family of the 26-year old victim are crying for justice for her gruesome murder whose body was found with multiple stab wounds floating in a rice field in Calumpit, Bulacan on 14 August 2014.

Police discovered the lifeless body of Espiritu in a rice field in a remote village in Calumpit around 10 in the morning, but has not yet revealed any development in their pursuit to catch the criminals.

According to reports from the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO), the victim sustained several stab wounds in the neck, and one in the nape which could have possibly caused her death. A screw driver and a chain were also reportedly recovered near the crime scene.

Authorities also believe the poor victim was raped, which prompted several sectors and cause-oriented groups to call on the government to bring back the death penalty for heinous crimes.

Anria Espiritu, or simply Anne to friends and family, is an AMA University graduate who worked as a Human Resource Officer at United Pulp and Paper Company according to her social media account.

Her parents became worried when she failed to come home on the night of August 14. She was last seen wearing a gray skirt, a T-shirt and a necklace.

Police are still continuing the investigation and believes the brutal crime may have been committed by person or persons under the influence of illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, a Facebook page was created dedicated to seeking justice for the young woman. The page "Justice for Anria Galang Espiritu" has already more than 11,000 followers. Sympathy and prayers from netizens poured in for Anne and her family.


19 August 2014

Bullying at the TFVC Kindergarten School

TFVC Bullying
Another case of bullying in school was reported recently and it appears that, like before, the school is at a loss on what to do and, worse, has not done anything significant to address the issue.

The case stemmed from the complaint of the parents of a 5-year old girl who attended kindergarten classes at The Fisher Valley College (TFVC) in Barangay Hagonoy, Taguig City. The youngest of the two siblings was a consistent honor student, but was also haunted by the shadow of a bully classmate.

According to the parents, last July 2013, a classmate of the 5-year old "pulled her chair while she's about to sit, she fell and her upper legs private got swollen for 2 days. The school said, this incident will not happen again and watch the offender closely not to go near my child."

However, the school did not keep its promise. On November 2013, the 5-year old was "emotionally and physically bullied by the same classmate and this time, she was sent to the Emergency Room of a Hospital in order to remove the buried pencil lead in her left palm when she was stabbed by the bully. She received a tetanus shot and 1-week antibiotic for medication."

The parents also reported that their child had "to attend multiple sessions with psychiatrist to cure her emotional trauma due to the incident."

However, that's not the worse part. The management of TFVC allegedly has not taken the case very seriously and has not followed the standard procedure in dealing with young bullies.
According to the parents of the victim, the school ignored the psychiatric evaluation and recommendation on how to address the concerns of their child, no financial assistance was extended to cover the medical cost that would not have happened if the school just kept the two children apart, no apology extended to the victim and her family and no disciplinary action was meted against the bully or her parents.

The school even sent the parents of the victim a very discriminating letter telling them that "if you decide to remove your child from the school we will respect your decision."

Under the "Anti-Bullying Act of 2013," bullying is defined as "any severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another student that has the effect of actually causing or placing the latter in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm or damage to his property; creating a hostile environment at school for the other student; infringing on the rights of the other student at school; or materially and substantially disrupting the education process or the orderly operation of a school."

This definition is very important as it emphasizes that even a single act, so long as it is "severe," may constitute bullying. The law also prohibits cyber-bullying or “any bullying done through the use of technology or any electronic means.”

Under Section 12 of the Law, it was stated that "upon the filing of a complaint or upon notice by a school personnel or official of any bullying or peer abuse incident, the same shall be immediately reported to the School Head, who shall inform the parents or guardian of the victim and the offending child, in a meeting for the purpose. The victim and the offending child shall be referred to the Child Protection Committee (a school body) for counseling and other interventions. The penalty of reprimand, if warranted, may be imposed by the School Head in the presence of the parents or guardians."

Has the school done anything under Section 12 of the Law when the first offense reached them? Most probably not. Hence, if you plan to send your child to The Fisher Valley College (TFVC) in Taguig who claimed to be a Christ-centered institution, you better think again.


17 August 2014

Did Apple Store Employee Really Printed F@G in a Receipt?

Apple Retail Store
A gay client just claimed that an Apple Store in Portland Oregon has not been too kind to him when one of its employees allegedly entered the man’s email address as “f@g.com” on his receipt.

"I got called a f@g by an Apple employee here in Portland," Adam Catanzarite wrote in a post on his Facebook page. He says he spoke to the store manager about the incident, but the manager failed to rectify the situation.

"Being queer and having worked with queer youth, I know first-hand that this is an example of the type of homophobic beliefs and actions that lead young people to harm themselves," Catanzarite said in his post. "This type of action is NOT OKAY, especially from a company that prides itself on being LGBT inclusive and welcoming."

So what is wrong with this claim? Actually many and it is not surprising that netizens are threading lightly on this story because it has full of holes.

Firstly, everyone knows that Apple retail stores are perhaps the most respected retail establishments in the world, racking up more revenue per square foot than any other large retail chain on the planet. If you have this reputation, competitors would most like attack you in all front just to claim that you did something wrong even if those claim cannot be substantiated adequately.

Secondly, Catanzarite’s receipt is not enough proof to claim that it was an Apple employee who printed the unwanted label. One could argue that Catanzarite could have easily done that himself just to fulfil a commitement to Apple’s rival company and gain attention as well.

Lastly, as a very successful and profitable company, several scammers will try to do their best to arrange a settlement with Apple in exchange for some form of compensation. Claims could range from untruthful product endorsement, workplace safety violations, intimidation and even unsubstantiated discrimination.

In any case, if Catanzarite is really proud of being gay, then there is no reason for him to be offended for being called something like what the receipt says. He should even brag about it that somebody recognized him and his attempt to gain recognition was successful.


15 August 2014

U.S. City Was Saved From Intolerant Gays

Mayor Tom Hanel
Billings, Montana City Mayor Tom Hanel saved the city from chaos and anarchy after he voted off an attempt by gay activists to impose their minority agenda on the majority that opposed them.

A city ordinance that protects and promotes LGBT lifestyle in all manner of business in the city was defeated in a vote – 6-5 – after Mayor Hanel casts his critical ballot. As mayor since 2009, Hanel said he doesn’t believe the city of about 109,000 residents is ready for the ordinance because he wasn’t sure it would build “good will” or be “fair, beneficial to everyone,” the Billings Gazette reported.

The LGBT lifestyle promotion ordinance would have amended the Billings city code to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations.

Many other cities have seen intense debates over promotion of LGBT lifestyle in recent weeks and months. Just last week, voters in Chattanooga, Tenn. voted to repeal a similar ordinance passed in November 2013 and in Houston, city officials said last 4 August that an effort to put its new equal rights ordinance up for referendum vote did not qualify for the ballot. Opponents trying to repeal the measure are now fighting that decision in court.

City Council members finally voted on the measure around 3 :00 A.M. last 12 August after hours of testimony by residents. During debate among the council members, councilman Shaun Brown, said he was for much of the ordinance, but against adding the protections to public accommodations — like public restrooms and locker rooms, according to the paper.

Reports are trickling in that the residents of the city has hailed the decision of the council and vowed to protect their right to be free from LGBT influence and intolerant gay activists that want to dictate what they should and should not do in their beloved community.


13 August 2014

MRT Train Derailed, Expect Heavy Traffic

MRT Derailed
It was reported by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and twitted online that the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) train just hit the MRT-EDSA Pasay Station wall. The derailed train has caused stampede and panic at the station.

No reported injuries were reported at this time, but MMDA rescue and enforcers are already on location to provide assistance. One witness account reported that he saw people falling off the train as they try to scamper for safety.

Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag has twitted that they have already informed hospitals near the area to prepare in receiving injured passengers. In additional, rescue personnel from other government agencies and the local government units continue to arrive at the scene to help secure the area and prevent further damage to the integrity of the structure.

In the meantime, motorist are advised to avoid the area along EDSA and Taft Avenue to give rescuers adequate space to operate their heavy equipment.

The Metro Rail Transit Corporation (MRTC) has yet to issue a statement on the status of train and how the incident will affect existing services in the other stations.

Incidents and accidents are rare aboard the MRT-3, but there have been notable events throughout the MRT-3's history. On 28 June 2004, a catenary wire broke between Guadalupe and Boni stations, causing an MRT-3 train to stop between the two stations. Passengers panicked inside the train and a minor stampede was reported, although no one was hurt. The wire was believed to have broken due to a fluctuation in the MRT-3's power supply. As a result of the incident, all MRT-3 services from Taft Avenue to Shaw Boulevard were temporarily suspended.

On 21 August 2006, strong winds caused the collapse of an advertising billboard onto EDSA, with part of the billboard landing on the roof of Boni station at around 3:30 A.M. Three lanes of EDSA were closed due to the incident, which caused massive traffic jams, while power had to be cut for a few hours later. MRT-3 services were not interrupted.

On 21 March 2011, the third coach of one MRT-3 train set bound for Taft Avenue Station got detached while it was plying the mentioned route between Quezon Avenue and Kamuning Stations. The detached coach stopped near the Kamuning Station. No one was hurt in the said incident.